Pre-Toddlers 1 - 2 Years Old
Welcome to Kanasan, Churasan, and Umusan Classes!
In these class, your child will make many friends. We plan to engage your child in fun learning activities and foster independence.
The first couple of weeks will be a transition for your child, please feel free to call and check on your child throughout the day. Young children are very adaptable by nature and are sure to be comfortable with their new teachers and environment very soon.
In the Baby Class, each child is cared for by his or her individual pace, but in the Toddler Classes we will follow our daily schedule. It is important to promote mental and physical growth, and we will teach self-help skills, self-feeding, toileting, self-soothing, and socialization as well as the beginning foundations for academics. One to two-year-old children walk independently and become more and more active. They also develop hand and finger functions such as picking up very small things, using spoons to eat or being able to hold crayons to enjoy drawing. At this age, children usually play alone, but are curious about what other children are doing. The children do not play together, but alongside each other (parallel play). We would like to support them to enjoy and have a happy time in the Pre-Toddler Class.
We will do everything we can to make your child`s transition into the Pre-Toddler Class as smooth as possible. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact either of us. We are really looking forward to working with you all.
We have Japanese or English circle time once in the morning and afternoon. Children will learn basic words, letters, and numbers through singing, cards and more.
During center time, your child will have a chance to learn independently. This is a playtime that is structured around our educational focus of the week. Some centers are play based and some are academic. Children need to work on social skills and explore the world around them. This means getting along with others, sharing, and interacting in small groups. During center time is when teachers will work one on one with children if needed.
Weather permitting, we play outside twice a day. Children are not allow to stay inside of the classroom during outside play. We have water play during the summer.
Snacks / Lunch
We provide snacks at 9:00am and 3:00pm. At approximately one years old, children are able to use straws and cups and drink cow’s milk / soy milk. Since we do not give milk in a baby bottle, we ask you not to bring a baby bottle or baby formula.
We offer school lunch for your child. If you would like to order school lunch, please tell Tedako CDC office before the start of the month. If you wish to bring lunch from your home, please prepare lunch in lunch box or container with small spoon or fork. And also please bring bib and hand towel every day for cleaning their hands and face after meals.
Drop off and Pick up/Supplies
- At drop off time (8:00am-9:15am), we accept your child outside. Please send your child to school with sunscreen on during hot seasons.
- If your child is sick or cannot attend for some reason, please call or e-mail us before 9:00am on that day to let us know.
- We play outside except during bad weather, so please bring shoes or rain boots every day.
- If an individual is not listed on the Emergent Contact Form, we do not release the child to that individual.
- Please sign the time of drop off and pick up on attendance sheet each day. If an authorized person will drop off or pick up your child, please inform that person of the attendance sheet.
- We ask that you prepare all the supplies on the attached supply list and write your child’s name on everything.
- Each child has his or her own cubby where we keep all their supplies. Please make sure there are enough cloths, diapers or other supplies at the pick-up time and refill them next day.
- We open from 8:00am-6:00pm on Monday to Friday. We will charge a late fee of 1000 yen every 15 minutes when a child is picked up after 6:00pm.
- When you pick up your child, please do not forget to take home his or her water bottle.
Nap time is approximately 12:00pm to 2:30pm. Please do not drop off your child during the nap time in order not to disturb other children sleep.
ClassDojo is a communication app that is used in toddler classes. We use it to share photos and messages, such as daily notes including health, appetite, diapering, absence notice, and class updates. We also use the app to notify you when your child’s supplies are running low. We will send out invitation soon so please download the app.
We celebrate birthdays at Tedako once a month. Please check the monthly newsletter regarding the date and time which we will celebrate for your child. The school will provide the cake and milk.
Parents are obliged to make alternative care arrangements if their child has a fever or vomited within 24 hours before they arrive to school. If your child has vomited at school, he or she may be sent home. Children who are sent home because of fever or any illness the day before, should at home.
If your child requires prescribed medication to be administered by Tedako CDC staff, parents must complete a medication authorization form. A form needs to be filled out each day medicine is given. CDC staff is not allowed to measure dosage by law, medication should be premeasured in a container by dosage before given to CDC staff.
We apply Vaseline or diaper rash creams for diaper rash; however, prescription medicines require a medication permit from CDC. Japanese medical law prohibits us from measuring dosage. Please prepare medicine by dose.
When your child start walking steady on his or her feet, and seem to be ready to start toilet training, teacher lets child sit on toilet gradually when changing their diaper. When teachers consider, your child ready to wear training underwear, we will ask you to bring 5 training underwear every day. Please understand that your child may have an accident and get wet on themselves, especially the beginning of their toilet training. Please bring extra pants too. There might be a lot of laundry for a while, but we really appreciate your understanding and cooperation.